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Gibbon Edward The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

It would be an underestimation to call Edward Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire anything other than one of the most comprehensive and  influential historical books of western literature. Covering exactly what the title suggests, Gibbons begins with the founding of Rome, to the role of Christians, through ruler after ruler including Julius Caesar, and tracking the saga of the empire's territories. This compilation of history is a must for those with a cursory interest in one of the world's greatest empires. A first edition published by William Hallhead (Ireland) in 1776 comes as a 2-volume set has sold at auction for $480. A first edition published by Strahan and Cadell (London) in 1788 shows as a 6-volume set and has sold for as much as $14,000-$17,000 at auction.

We collected a sample of 53 auction results of Gibbon, Edward's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $120 and the highest overall price realized was $17080. The overall average price was $1380 and the median price realized for the book was $420. There were 12 auctions (52%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 2 auctions (9%) exceeding the high estimates, and 9 auctions (39%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a Bonhams sale on February 13, 2011 of a 1788 - Cadell edition for $17080 that Provenance: Helen Dow Whiting's copy; a Bonhams sale on February 19, 2006 of a 1788 - Cadell edition for $14340 that described as "exceptional example in a contemporary binding";

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
Bonhams March 1, 2017 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1788 - $1839 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA November 3, 2016 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London John Murray 1887 $500-$800 $600 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA May 28, 2015 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Priestley and Weale, et al. 1822 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 24, 2015 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1788 - $501 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 16, 2014 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1788 - $1086 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA August 28, 2014 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edinburgh Thomas Nelson and Peter Brown 1832 $300-$500 $216 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA July 17, 2014 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Boston Phillips, Sampson, and Company 1850 $1500-$2000 $900 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 10, 2014 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London John Murray 1862 $400-$700 $480 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 19, 2013 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Oxford William Pickering and Talboys and Wheeler 1827 $400-$600 $240 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA February 18, 2013 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London A. Strahan, and T. Cadell 1788 $1200-$1800 $1680 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 17, 2013 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1788 - $8750 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA October 11, 2012 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London W. Allason, B. Whitrow, et al 1819 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA March 15, 2012 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Lackington, Allen, and Co., et al 1815 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA January 5, 2012 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Printed by J.F. Dove for W. Baynes 1823 $200-$300 $270 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann May 12, 2011 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London 1815 $500-$750 $480 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 19, 2011 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1788 - $1123 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 22, 2011 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1788 - $3852 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 13, 2011 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1788 - $17080 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA September 16, 2010 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London John Murray 1862 $400-$700 $840 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 1, 2009 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1788 - $417 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 1, 2009 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Oddy 1809 - $353 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 24, 2009 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Tallboys 1827 - $1252 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams May 20, 2008 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1797 - $321 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA January 10, 2008 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London John Murray 1846 $200-$300 $270 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 13, 2007 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edinburgh Bell and Bradfute 1811 $400-$600 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 4, 2007 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1788 - $3900 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA November 29, 2007 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Dublin William Hallhead 1776 $700-$1000 $480 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 27, 2007 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Allason 1820 - $513 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 13, 2007 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire John Murray 1881 - $770 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA September 13, 2007 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire New York Harper and Brothers 1902 $600-$900 $510 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 27, 2007 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1788 - $1043 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 13, 2007 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Cadell 1844 - $157 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 13, 2007 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire John Murray 1903 - $298 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 13, 2006 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Lackington 1815 - $172 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA September 14, 2006 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1813 $1000-$1500 $1560 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 17, 2006 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London John Murray 1887 $200-$300 $270 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams July 3, 2006 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London 1823 - $298 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA May 11, 2006 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London John Murray 1862 $500-$800 $420 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 19, 2006 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1788 - $14340 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 19, 2006 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Cadell 1797 - $717 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 15, 2005 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire John Murray 1855 - $282 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA April 21, 2005 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London T. Cadell and W. Davies 1820 $250-$350 $270 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 19, 2004 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Cadell 1807 - $271 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 19, 2004 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Longman, Brown 1848 - $287 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams July 7, 2004 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London 1813 - $361 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann March 11, 2004 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire . . . New Edition. 1783 Cadell 1783 $400-$600 $460 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams January 19, 2004 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Tallboys 1827 - $267 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 6, 2003 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London 1802 - $204 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA June 12, 2003 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London Priestley and Weale, et al. 1822 $300-$500 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams May 13, 2003 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Cadell 1838 - $175 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams May 13, 2003 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Methuen 1909 - $415 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 1, 2003 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Strahan 1791 - $607 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA November 29, 2001 Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London John Murray 1838 $600-$900 $360 PBA Copies for Sale